New Chaplain for Bandon Grammar School in Cork, Cloyne and Ross

On Tuesday, 31st October, 2017, Reformation Day, also this year the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation in Germany, the Reverend Anne Skuse was licensed by the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, the Right Reverend Dr Paul Colton, to serve in a new post in the Diocese: whole-time chaplain at Bandon Grammar School.  Bandon Grammar School is a substantial and multifaceted community within the Diocese, with about 670 students (from approximately 400 families), 56 teachers and another 40 employees (non–teaching and coaching).

The photograph shows the Reverend Anne Skuse at the licensing by Dr Colton watched by Mr Billy Skuse, Diocesan Secretary and Anne’s husband.  Also ‘watching’ on Reformation Day from his portrait was Bishop William Lyon, first Reformation Bishop of the Diocese (Ross in 1582, and Cork and Cloyne in 1584).  William Lyon died 400 years ago this month and was buried in a tomb he had built for himself in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace.  His bones were found by accident in 1846 and were moved to the crypt of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral when it was being built in 1865.

(l-r) Dr Paul Colton, Mr Billy Skuse, the Reverend Anne Skuse (and in the portrait, Bishop William Lyon)

A Service of welcome and commissioning of the Reverend Anne Skuse as Chaplain will take place at a special school assembly at Bandon Grammar School on Tuesday, 14th November at 10 a.m.  All are welcome, however, please notify the school office in advance of your intention to attend

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